This book is about That Girl…
The girl who leaves behind her past, including her name; runs away from home and vows to never let another identity claim her again. Broken dreams, an abusive step-dad and ugly memories from her childhood are the only shattered remnants that have the ability to haunt her.
With no money, an endless blank slate laying ahead of her and no hopes for the future, she sets out to survive at minimum wage jobs, moving from town to town, changing her name with each move, and never allowing glimpses of her past to threaten her empty future.
Average in every way, from her looks to her personality and even her style, there is not much to remember about her. When she abandons one town for another, she leaves behind her fake identity in the search of the next one, while leaving people asking themselves, “I wonder what ever became of that girl.”
This was her reality until Lincoln Wilks.
The number one defensive football player in Fort Collins who finally names That Girl.
This was such a great story! As heartbreaking as it was it was also so uplifting and sweet. The heroine went through such a hard start in life but she was so much tougher than she gave herself credit for and was able to break the cycle of a horrible situation. She was a fantastic heroine and one that I extremely enjoyed reading about!
Oakley Ann hasn’t always been Oakley Ann but coming to a new town demands a fresh name. Fort Collins, Colorado is a blessing in disguise and Oakley is in for the biggest change of her life. Her old life was something out of a horror movie and the fact that she was able to break away as well as give herself a new start, is what keeps Oakley going. But meeting Lincoln actually shows her how to live. Can they make an unbreakable bond even though outside forces conspire to keep them apart?
Lincoln’s home life kind of sucks. His parents are snobs and when they aren’t picking him apart about his clothes and relationships, they ignore him in favor of fawning over their other son, Lincoln’s older brother. But those heartaches fall away when he meets Oakley Ann. He makes it his mission to make her his and what ensues is a greater relationship than either of them ever anticipated. Can Lincoln show Oakley that he will do any and everything to make her happy? Or will old worries and insecurities drive them away from each other?
This novel is told in first person point of view of Oakley. It also has tiny flashbacks to the past randomly but it gives the reader great perspective of the horrible home life Oakley had. Unfortunately, the transitions throughout the story were somewhat nonexistent so it made for a confusing read sometimes.
Ultimately, I fell in love with these characters and I’m so excited to know that this series is continuing with different couples as the main focus! Oakley and Lincoln overcame a lot of obstacles to be together and I’m happy that they were able to get their happily ever after! All in all, if you are in the mood for a heroine who does not let anyone shape her future except herself and a hero who is all in from the moment he meets her then come check out why Oakley is That Girl!!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.